SMETHPORT â Outgoing McKean County Commissioner Judy Church said Tuesday that she won't support a 2012 county budget that calls for a half-mill increase in the property tax rate.
The budget proposed last week calls for raising the county property tax rate from 8.25 mills to 8.75 mills.
"Unfortunately, the budget will require a property tax increase," County Commissioners Joe DeMott and Al Pingie said in a statement that accompanies the proposed budget. The tentative spending plan is on public display at the county courthouse in Smethport.
SMETHPORT â "I think it's going to work fine."
That's how McKean County Treasurer Nancy Evans describes a new program on the acceptance of credit and debit cards for payments at the county treasurer's office in Smethport.
Under the new program, the treasurer's office will accept "plastic" for virtually every payment such as county property taxes and per capita tax. The office even will accept credit cards for the purchase of dog licenses, fishing licenses and hunting licenses.
In some cases, a "convenience fee" is added to the payment.
MT. JEWETT â The Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority voted 5-0 Tuesday evening to adopt a 2012 budget that retains the same sewer rates.
Chairman Patrick McGuire joined with authority members Mike Wennerstrom, Larry Ross, Scott Hungiville and Brett Morgan to approve the budget that carries for $139,738 in expenditures. Ron McElroy, the sixth member of the board, did not attend the meeting.
Irving D. âCutterâ Strawcutter of 4258 Niles Hill Rd., Wellsville, N.Y. passed away Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Cuba Memorial Hospital surrounded by family.
Mr. Strawcutter was born Nov. 28, 1935 in Brookville, the son of Ray Edward and Evelyn McManigle Strawcutter. On March 8, 2009 in Cuba, N.Y., he married the former Sharon Lounsberry who survives.
Cutter was a graduate of Kane High School, class of 1955. After graduation he served in the Army as a Ranger for two years. He then worked for National Fuel Gas as a Field Supervisor in the Regulator Dept. for 35 years retiring in 1997.
The Kane Borough Council voted 4-3 Monday to adopt a 2012 budget that carries a 3-mill increase in the property tax rate.
Council President Howard Kane joined with Councilwoman Janet Bard and Councilmen Jim Salvamoser and Mike Merry to endorse the tax hike. Councilwoman Holly Harris and Councilmen John Gentilman and Dennis Drost cast the negative votes.
The increase of nearly 28 percent in the tax rate is believed to be one of the highest in Kane history and comes at a time when the area is facing double-digit unemployment and decreasing population.
A two-vehicle traffic accident on Route 6 east of Kane Monday afternoon killed one person and injured five.
One passenger, Bertha M. Ginnery, age 80, died in the crash as Thomas A. Ginnery, age 76, of Oil City, was reportedly driving the green 1995 GMC Safari van.
According to police, the accident involved the van traveling eastbound and a westbound blue 2007 Ford Explorer.
Police said the van "for unknown reasons" crossed the double yellow center lines and entered the westbound lane of travel and into the path of the westbound vehicle.
Â Lois Sluga, 85, of 256 Lindholm Rd., passed away Saturday afternoon, Dec. 10, 2011, at her residence.
Born Nov. 21, 1926, in Mt. Jewett, she was a daughter of Algot and Emma Smith Paulson.Â On Jan. 3, 1946, in Mt. Jewett, she married Edgar Sluga who survives.
Mrs. Sluga was employed by Stackpole Carbon Company, from which she retired, and was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Mt. Jewett American Legion Auxiliary.Â She had been a board member and volunteer for many years at the Mt. Jewett Memorial Library and also was a volunteer with the Mt. Jewett Swedish Festival for many years.
The Kane School Board again has agreed to stay beneath a state-set limit should it need to raise property taxes for the 2012-13 budget.
Acting at its meeting Thursday, the school board voted 9-0 to go on record in favor of holding a tax hike below 2.6 percent.
This is the state-formulated âindexâ for Kane.
By agreeing to stay beneath the âindex,â the school board enables the administration to move ahead with budget preparation plans under its normal timetable.
Public opposition appears to be building against what some say is the largest property tax increase ever proposed in the borough of Kane.
One plan discussed Thursday by the Kane Borough Council calls for boosting the tax rate by 4 millsâa 34-percent increase over the current level of 7.875 mills.
OneÂ âcompromiseâ plan calls for a 3-mill tax increase and the elimination of a Kane police officer.
Each mill generates about $36,000 in tax revenue.
Kenneth T. Hannold, 84, of 188 School St., passed away at his home on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.
Born Feb. 6, 1927, in Kane, he was a son of Roland and Hattie Gadley Hannold.Â On June 8, 1956, in Ludlow, he married Mary Jo Beckwith who survives.
Mr. Hannold worked as a painter and paperhangerÂ with his partner, Beanie Gustafson.Â He also had worked for Bentz Furniture and later for Holgate from which he retired.
He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and belonged to the American Legion Post # 250 and the V.F. W. Lodge #1132.